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smooth back

To cause something to move back and remain flattened with or as with one's hand or hands. A noun or pronoun can be used between "smooth" and "back." I smoothed back the feverish child's hair and placed a damp washcloth on her forehead. I smoothed the crinkled paper back so the scanner would be able to read the barcode.
See also: back, smooth

smooth something back

to flatten and position something by pressing or smoothing. He smoothed his hair back out of his eyes. Jeff smoothed back his hair.
See also: back, smooth
References in classic literature ?
Lie down again; there's a dear!' With those words, the old lady very gently placed Oliver's head upon the pillow; and, smoothing back his hair from his forehead, looked so kindly and loving in his face, that he could not help placing his little withered hand in hers, and drawing it round his neck.
Danny Zucco still swaggers around, smoothing back his hair like a belated Elvis Presley.
The bra features a feminine lace print design and keyhole detailing and includes a smoothing back wing to give a flattering shape and appearance under clothes.
`If I breathe in or wear the right clothes you can't tell I've just had a baby, but if I relax my tummy it looks like I'm still pregnant,' she laughs, cheerfully smoothing back her top to show off a small overhang.